Stewart selected to fill North Huron Council vacancy - July 26, 2018
BY DENNY SCOTT
Blyth resident John Stewart will fill North Huron Councillor Bill Knott’s vacant seat after council received two applications for the position.
Council selected Stewart on Monday night after a lengthy closed-to-the-public session during which council discussed the appointment and a land disposition issue in Blyth. He was appointed over Brad Carther of Wingham who ran unsuccessfully in Blyth in the last election.
Stewart stated he would not be seeking the council position in the upcoming municipal election set for October.
Both Carther and Stewart were invited to speak before council made their decision.
Carther spoke to his experience in Wingham and North Huron for the past 20 years, and stated he had been visiting the area since 1972. He said he has watched Blyth grow into a fantastic town and lamented the loss of the Witches’ Walk. If he was put on council, he said he would immediately seek to open the Wingham pool more often and help a new director of recreation and facilities to “bring in more stuff for the community to thrive on”. He said he also wanted dog parks opened in Wingham and Blyth to offer dog owners a better space to walk the dogs and reduce messes on sidewalks.
Stewart said that, after much consideration and discussion with his family, he decided to put his name forward for the position. He said he wants to represent the Village of Blyth because it’s a “special place with endless opportunity”. He said that his parents were prominent members of the community and he was born, raised, played sports, volunteers, was married and raised his family in the village he continues to live in.
Stewart explained that he has over 20 years of municipal experience 16 of which were in senior administration. He said that through that employment and through his experiences with volunteer work, he gained communication skills with community organizations, government agencies, staff and most importantly, the members of the community.
He said he looks forward to “representing the great residents of the village of Blyth”, which he called a vibrant community.
Council received a report from staff regarding the applications before going into the closed session. After leaving the closed-to-the-public session, it was announced that Stewart would hold the position until the new council takes over in December.